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  1. atsky

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  2. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    Yes. In a nutshell, you cant use ESD's for Windows 7.
     
  3. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Eh.. you could use a custom installer that supports esd files, but definitely not the Windows Setup program.
     
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  4. cocachris89

    cocachris89 MDL Senior Member

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    I though only Windows 8 > supported ESDs.
     
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    #5 atsky, Dec 18, 2014
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    But I found tons of ISO with Windows 7 with install.esd.
    Like this one Windows 7 Sp1 Ultimate 16in1 [x86 x64] OEM ESD en-US Oct 2014 by Generation2-=TEAM OS=-{HKRG}
    I know it's warez but I've downloaded it to try to understand how it works but I didn't understand.
     
  6. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    They probably use the winpe 4+ and a custom tool such as WinNT like I told you.
     
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  7. atsky

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    I'm looking for an how to do it.
     
  8. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Why don't you just use their setup files and swap the install.esd?
     
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  9. atsky

    atsky MDL Novice

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    Which files exactly?
     
  10. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    Open their ISO with something like UltraISO and just copy/paste over the old install.esd
     
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  11. atsky

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    Doesn't work.

    I've got this:

    they use the root files and the boot and the efi folders from Windows 8 but for sure they have a modified boot.wim a mix from Windows 7 and Windows 8 but their version doesn't work for my iso.
     
  12. atsky

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    I mounted to compare boot.wim index 1 and index 2 at the same time of win7 msdn, win8 msdn and the mixed one with GImageX v2 and used Beyond Compare 4 but I didn't get where are the significative differences.
     
  13. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    A workaround I've been using to circumvent that incompatibility is to use Windows 8.1 setup files. Just put Win7 install.esd and delete/overwrite any install.wim or install.esd found in Win8.1 iso.

    I know is not cute but it's the easiest way, at least for me.
     
  14. atsky

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    You nailed it! Thanks. It was that simple. Now I just need to know how to change this bitmap
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=32742&stc=1
    into this one
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=32743&stc=1
     

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  15. Mr.X

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    Actually I want to achieve that too!!! lol
    Just don't know how to...
     
  16. atsky

    atsky MDL Novice

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    I found it!
    Just need to mount boot.wim index 2 from Windows 7 and copy ARUNIMG.dll and spwizimg.dll from sources folder and replace the ones into boot.wim index 2 of Windows 8 in sources and into Windows\WinSxS\x86_microsoft-windows-i..dia-branding-client_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16384_none_401c2bae8f94fbe2. Commit changes and it's done!
     
  17. Mr.X

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    #17 Mr.X, Dec 18, 2014
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    Thanks a lot for this trick of yours, lol I guess it's yours :p
    Two questions arise:
    1. Did you find any glitch by doing this?
    2. In case of an upgrade (I've just tested on clean installs) does Win8.1 setup files are still functional? For instance upgrading a pc from Win7 to Win8.1
     
  18. CaffeinePizza

    CaffeinePizza MDL Junior Member

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    I've heard to use Win 8 installer PE with 7 esd/wim.
     
  19. CEW

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    You may just be able to replace the images in spwizimg.

    You can try with Windows Download integrator 3.5
     
  20. atsky

    atsky MDL Novice

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    I didn't have the time today.
    Today I just found the answer I was looking for.
    Next days I will go through some full testing and I will report here.
    At the end the solution it's truly simple but not that easy to find!
    :biggrin::biggrin: